Imaging Spectrum of Pediatric Spinal Neoplasms

Haverkamp, B.T.; Nizamuddin, R.A.; Loskutov, A.; Lowe, L.H.; Adler, K.E.

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Date of Activity Release: June 1, 2017
Date of Activity Expiration: June 1, 2020

Target Audience:
Intended for neuroradiologists and neuroradiology trainees with varying degrees of experience.

Learning Objectives:
1) Explain the utility of anatomic classification of neoplasms to establish a limited differential diagnosis, and 2) describe key clinical, imaging, and pathologic characteristics of common pediatric spinal neoplasms.

Pediatric spinal neoplasms encompass a wide range of lesions in the spinal cord, surrounding dural spaces, and bone. Due to the insidious onset of frequently vague symptoms, radiologists play an important role in the evaluation and correct diagnosis of these lesions. Magnetic resonance (MR) is the imaging technique of choice and is used to classify spinal lesions anatomically into intra- versus extramedullary and intra- versus extradural locations. Correlation with key clinical and imaging features allows radiologists to form a limited differential diagnosis and often to make a specific diagnosis. The purpose of this article was to review imaging of pediatric spinal cord neoplasms, including anatomy and key radiographic features of various neoplasms.

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The American Society of Neuroradiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Neuroradiology designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Each participant will review the corresponding Neurographics article located at Upon completion, each physician will complete and pass a post-test with a score of at least 80% to receive a CME certificate.

All individuals in control of content have disclosed the following relevant financial relationships. All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest, and have been resolved (C7 SCS 6.1-6.2, 6.5)

Authors have no relevant financial relationships.





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